North Korea fires mis­sile over Ja­pan

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North Korea fired a bal­lis­tic mis­sile over Ja­pan and into the Pa­cific Fri­day, re­spond­ing to new UN sanc­tions with what ap­peared to be its fur­thest-ever mis­sile flight amid high ten­sions over its weapons pro­grams.

The launch, from near Py­ongyang, came af­ter the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil im­posed an eighth set of mea­sures on the iso­lated coun­try fol­low­ing its sixth nu­clear test ear­lier this month, AFP wrote.

It was by far its largest to date and Py­ongyang said it was a hy­dro­gen bomb small enough to fit onto a mis­sile.

In New York, the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil called an emer­gency meet­ing.

The US Pa­cific Com­mand con­firmed Fri­day’s rocket was an in­ter­me­di­ate range bal­lis­tic mis­sile (IRBM) and said it did not pose a threat to North Amer­ica or to the US Pa­cific ter­ri­tory of Guam, which Py­ongyang has threat­ened to bracket with “en­velop­ing fire.”

South Korea’s De­fense Min­istry said it prob­a­bly trav­eled around 3,700 kilo­me­ters and reached a max­i­mum al­ti­tude of 770 kilo­me­ters.

The North’s last mis­sile launch, a Hwa­song-12 IRBM just over two weeks ago, also over­flew Ja­pan’s main is­lands and was the first to do so for years.

But when Py­ongyang tested two in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles in July that ap­peared to bring much of the US main­land into range, it fired them on lofted tra­jec­to­ries that avoided pass­ing over the ar­chi­pel­ago na­tion.

Mil­lions of Ja­panese were jolted awake by blar­ing sirens and emer­gency text mes­sage alerts af­ter the mis­sile was fired.

Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe said Tokyo could “never tol­er­ate” what he called a “danger­ous provoca­tive ac­tion that threat­ens world peace.”

“If North Korea con­tin­ues to walk down this path, it has no bright fu­ture,” he told re­porters. “We must make North Korea un­der­stand this.”

In re­sponse to the launch, South Korea’s mil­i­tary im­me­di­ately car­ried out a bal­lis­tic mis­sile drill of its own, the De­fense Min­istry said, adding it took place while the North’s rocket was still air­borne.


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